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Commencement

Fall Commencement - Stroh Center

Friday, December 19, 2014

  • Graduate College, Business Administration, Health and Human Services, Music, Technology, and Firelands
  • Begins at 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

  • Arts and Sciences and Education and Human Development
  • Begins at 10:00 a.m.

Spring Commencement - Stroh Center

Friday, May 8, 2015

  • Graduate College; Health and Human Services; Musical Arts; and Technology, Architecture and Applied Engineering
  • Begins at 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

  • Arts and Sciences and Firelands
  • Begins at 9:00 a.m.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

  • Business Administration and Education and Human Development
    Begins at 2:00 p.m.

Each student receives seven tickets for the indoor ceremony. All available tickets are distributed; therefore, please safeguard your tickets as replacing them may not be possible. Family and friends wishing to view the ceremony but not holding a ticket may view the ceremony in Bowen-Thompson Student Union Falcon’s Nest. The ceremony will be broadcast live television. Students may find additional tickets from classmates who are graduating but have chosen not to attend the commencement ceremony. A "ticket discussion board" is located in MyBGSU Canvas under the Commencement tab.

The intent of the ticket exchange board is to facilitate the EXCHANGE of graduation tickets. The SALE of graduation tickets or a monetary offer to PURCHASE tickets is a violation of University policy. Posts of this nature will be removed. Violators are subject to University disciplinary action.

MyBGSU has valuable information and directions for graduates and their families.

  • Log on to MyBGSU
  • Select Canvas

Select Commencement – College of (your college)

Attire is business causal and graduates should not bring personal items or cell phones into the robing area. Please leave these items with family members. Appropriate clothing and shoes must be worn at ALL times.

Share your graduation experience on Social Media:
Hashtag: #BGSU2014

Photos with the hashtag will be pulled from Twitter and Instagram into photos.bgsu.edu. We will upload them into the #BGSU2014 photo gallery.

  • Facebook: We will create an August 2014 Commencement photo album and post pictures taken by University photographers. You’re encouraged to visit this album and tag yourself!
  • Twitter: Tag us in your photos using @BGSU.
  • Pinterest: We will feature some of our favorite graduation caps on our #BGSU2014 board. Visit our page and repin our pins!
  • Instagram: Tag us in your photos using @OfficialBGSU.

Graduates are asked to report to the Stroh Center Practice Court no later than 45 minutes prior to their ceremony for robing. Please enter through the Schmidthorst Pavilion Entrance ONLY, located on the southwest corner of the building. Upon entry, please follow signage and volunteer directives for assembly and line-up details. Graduates are grouped by college and by degree within the college.

The processional begins promptly at 7 p.m. and 10 a.m.  Due to the large number of people attending, we request that only graduates enter the assembly area. Attached above is the seating chart (by colleges) for the ceremony. Please share this with your guests so they will know where your college will be seated during the ceremony.

 Please have friends or family drop you off at the entrance of the Mileti Alumni Center Parking Lot, off of Mercer Road. DO NOT attempt to be dropped off on East Wooster St. due to the safety of yourself and others.

 (The ceremony will begin promptly at 7 p.m. &/or 10 a.m.)

All campus lots and metered spaces (free on the weekends) will be open with the exception of Lot 24. This lot is reserved for guest with Commencement parking passes only (see Special Accommodation Seating information).  Individuals with state-issued handicapped parking permits may also use Lot 24. Please plan accordingly.

Please click on the Campus Map to view campus direction, parking lots, and building locations.

All requirements for graduation must be recorded in the Office of Registration and Records by January 23, 2015. It is your responsibility to make sure that all grade changes, appeals, transfer credits, and incomplete grades are recorded. If you have not met your graduation requirements, you will have to reapply for a later graduation ceremony.

  • Seating requests for disabled guests are made on line by the graduating student.
    • Log on to MyBGSU
    • Select Canvas
    • Select Commencement – College of (your college)
    • In the Information area there is a form to be completed and submitted via email.

* To best accommodate your needs, please make requests early. Additional questions can be answered at 419-372-2774.

This information is presented in lieu of a commencement rehearsal.

The ceremony will last approximately ninety minutes. The candidates from each college will be presented to the president, and the candidates will proceed row by row to the platform under the direction of the marshals. Candidates will remain seated until their row moves to the aisle to proceed to the stage. The name of each graduate will be announced, and those persons graduating with honors will be recognized. Each candidate will pass in front of the diploma table, receive a diploma cover, and return to their original seat and be seated.

After diploma covers have been issued, candidates will be asked to stand for the conferring of degrees. After degrees have been conferred, the Bachelor candidates will change their tassels from the right to the left.

The honors calculation (pertains to undergraduates only) is based on a minimum of 110 hours in courses that count toward the grade point average. If a student has less than 110 hours that count toward the grade point average, the grade point average requirement is figured using a sliding scale. As the number of grade point average hours decreases, the grade point average requirements for honors increases. The hours and grade point average requirements for students with less than 110 grade point average hours may be obtained in the Office of Registration and Records. The grades earned from other institutions are used in the calculation of honors. Transfer students must also complete 56 hours at Bowling Green State University. A minimum of 30 of those hours must be used in the calculation of the grade point average. Please refer to the Undergraduate Catalog for additional information.

For purposes of the commencement ceremony, honors are determined by all grades received and recorded by the Office of Registration and Records by September 19, 2014; graduating term grades are not included. Questions and inquiries should be made with the Office of Registration and Records

Diplomas will be mailed to the graduate's home address approximately 8 to 10 weeks following commencement. Teaching certificate applications will be mailed from the College of Education and Human Development to the state departmental processing. Please note that transcripts and degree information will not be available until 3 weeks after commencement provided you have completed all degree requirements.

All requirements for graduation must be recorded in the Office of Registration and Records by January 23, 2015. Please direct any questions regarding degree requirements, honors, mailing of diplomas, or other concerns to the Office of Registration and Records, 419-372-8435.

A live video stream of the graduation ceremony will be available as well as links to replay all post-ceremony footage. Click the BGSU Commencement Streaming Archive hyperlink and system requirements to view current and past ceremonies.

View the live feed for Fall 2014 Commencement Ceremony by clicking the hyperlink on:

Saturday, August 9, 2014

DVD copies of current and prior Commencement ceremonies are available via the WBGU-TV Shop. If you have any questions, or require additional information regarding your order, please contact Cheryl Joyce, WBGU-TV, 245 Troup Street, Bowling Green, OH 43403, and Phone: (419) 372-7020.

The ceremony will be broadcast live on Time Warner Bowling Green Cable Channel 5.

Grad Images
1-800-261-2576
Photographers from Grad Images will be photographing graduates receiving their diploma, standing in front of the University Flag at the bottom of the ramp; and as they are waiting in line during the ceremony. Grad Images offer graduates these photographic opportunities and sends proofs with no obligation to purchase.

As the official photographer, Grad Images will be at commencement to capture the moment for you. Grad Images gives you the option to pre-register your permanent e-mail address, as well as any other family members. Pre-registration will allow Grad Images to notify you within 72 hours after the ceremony about viewing the digital proofs and online ordering information. 

Customer Service Email: service@gradimages.com

BGSU Bookstore 419-372-7113 or call toll free 1-866-517-9766. Caps, gowns, and regalia for participating Faculty/Staff/Graduates must be purchased from the BGSU Bookstore which is located in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union. The cap and gown will need to be paid for by cash, check, MasterCard, Visa, Discover, or University BG1 card at the time you pick up the regalia. This regalia is yours and does not need to be returned.  Personalized announcements, diploma frames, and class rings are also available in the BGSU Bookstore.

For information, please visit the Graduation Fee FAQ.

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